Intel to Universities: No Patents, Just Open Source

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Open Source software has been one of my soapbox subjects for the past two decades.  You’ll find it in your smartphone (the Apple iPhone and Android are both based on it), running your car, in your television and much more.  It’s Open Source software that has helped thousands of companies develop software solutions that just wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

Intel, who has been providing millions in funding to Universities, is now requiring that the Universities do not use that funding to create patented technology.  Which leads us to another subject I’ve written about in the past: Software Patents.  These are killing innovation here in the US, and will ultimately cause great, unseen, harm to the entire world economy.

Kudos to Intel for helping to stem the growth of harmful software patents!

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World’s First Production 3-D Processor Chip Introduced by Intel

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Intel has announced the world’s first 3-D microprocessor transistor for mass production.

It’s a major breakthrough for the semiconductor industry, which has been trying for years to get the microscopic semiconductor structures that make up computer chips into the third dimension.

“This transition to 3-D devices will help us continue Moore’s Law,” said Intel senior fellow Mark Bohr at the news conference Wednesday. “Clearly you can pack more things into a small space if you go vertical with 3-D.”

The Tri-Gate 3-D transistors will be put onto a new line of Intel chips. Dubbed “Ivy Bridge,” the chips are the world’s first mass-produced 22-nanometer microprocessors, which means they also contain the smallest semiconductors yet available on a production chip.  Read Full Article at

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Internet Flaw Means Going to any Web Site Could Lead to Major Trouble for You

The bad guys are using an exploit against one of the backbone Internet protocols to trick your computer to take you to their site instead of where you think you’re really going.  Nasty stuff.

Currently more than 52% of Internet users are exposed to this problem due to ISPs who haven’t properly updated their DNS (Dynamic Name System) servers, but there’s a way you can tell if you’re at risk.

Visit and click on the “Check My DNS” button on the upper right side of the page.  It will run a series of tests for you, automatically, and tell you if your machine is at risk.  There’s another checker at DNS-OARC and one at the lower left corner of DNSstuff, but you don’t have to run all three.

Business personnel must check their DNS to ensure that there are not problems that could expose personal or proprietary data to criminal enterprises abroad.  Failure to do so could result in criminal prosecution for the company themselves  — it’s unlikely the true criminals will ever be caught.

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Using Parallels to Run Windows on a Mac Actually Improves Windows Performance

Parallels Desktop features hardware accelerated 3D graphics, and runs many Windows games, including Half-Life 2, shown here.

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[Listen here to get the inside information from the people who make parallels about how it will help your Mac run Windows while it’s still running the famous Mac Operating System!]

Parallels, an award-winning virtual machine packages, enables Mac users to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Apple computer. Since being made available in June 2006, the product is now in its 3rd generation.

Parallels is the company made famous for being the first to enable Macs with Intel processors to run Windows programs. In technologist terms, this was like solving the common cold – something people had wanted forever.

Since being launched, Parallels Desktop for Mac has been recognized with more than 30 major industry awards and was the first non-Apple product to ever win the MacWorld Magazine Reader’s Choice Award. Some other notable awards include the MacWorld Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” Award (the “Eddy”) and PC World Magazine’s “Innovation of the Year” Award.

Now, about two years later, Parallels has sold more than 1 million copies of the Parallels Desktop for Mac software. It is the top-selling Mac utility program and sales have been made in 102 countries.

Is it coincidence in that time span the Apple Mac market share worldwide has climbed from approximately 3 percent to nearly 7 percent? Hardly … the Parallels software has eliminated the wall that previously existed between PCs and Macs and the virtualization technology has been a catalyst behind enterprise Mac adoption.

On 16th May, 2008, Ben received on behalf of Parallels the Red Herring 100 Award, a selection of the 100 most innovative private technology companies based in North America out of more than 800 closely-evaluated companies that are leading the next wave of innovation.

Ben Rudolph
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Ben Rudolph – A biography

Ben has worked in both information technology and biotechnology and describes himself as a total tech nerd who loves tinkering with gadgets, hardware and software. In his role as the evangelist for Parallels that means he can either talk at the deep technical level with the “gearheads” or provide a “tech 101” overview to someone who doesn’t know a USB port from a tawny port. Ben is a frequent and popular speaker at industry conferences and at Apple stores.

Parallels is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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New Intel Processors to be Released November 11th

“TechARP has gotten some juicy news from Intel. This time, it’s the top secret details of the Intel 45nm desktop processors, both Yorkfield and Wolfdale with benchmarks and pricing included! ‘As promised earlier, Intel will launch their 45 nm processors by the end of this year. In fact, we have been told that the launch date had already been set at November 11, 2007, so mark your calendars. […] Code-named Yorkfield XE, the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 will be a quad-core processor built from two 45 nm Wolfdale processor dies. It will displace the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 (Kentsfield) processor as the top desktop processor model until Q3, 2008′”

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